My uncle Elmer on my mother's side of the family was a mortar man in the 17th Airborne Division (yes there was a 17th Airborne) Since mortars were considered heavy weapons and couldn't be dropped by parachute they had to come in on gliders. He only made one combat drop and that was in the airborne crossing of the Rhine.
Aww crap, nice I heard of these things so before and they were nicknamed as the "Flying Coffin". Because you know since it was light, it had no engine, limited flight time and speed and had thin Armour, so it resulted to casualties and injuries just by landing. So yeah it kinda deserved that name alright. XD